Many of us look forward to celebrating Memorial Day with picnics and backyard barbecues as we launch into summer. Lakes are buzzing with boaters and swimming pools are filled to capacity in celebration of a long weekend of fun and relaxation. Many decorate their homes with flags and colors of red, white, and blue. Many cities decorate Main Street with American flags swaying with pride in celebration of Memorial Day.
Hobo the Wonder Dog and I believe Memorial Day celebrations should reflect on the true meaning of the holiday — it is a day of grief and honor for our fallen military heroes and their survivors.
Gen. John Logan in 1868 established a day of remembrance for fallen solders of the Civil War and was called Decoration Day. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established Memorial Day as a three-day federal holiday. Seemingly, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are a distant memory in the minds of many. America’s recent wars of Operation Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom once again remind us of the true cost of our freedoms and the sacrifices made. The least we can do is pause and honor those who have sacrificed this Memorial Day.
The history of dogs serving in war is well documented and there are many K9 war heroes. One American K9 hero is “Stubby” of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. Stubby a was a Boston/Bull Terrier type dog and the most decorated war dog of World War I Stubby was promoted to sergeant through combat after capturing a German Spy. He participated in four offensives and eighteen battles often leaving the trenches to search for wounded soldiers. Sgt. Stubby not only lifted morale of soldiers but, by his example helped prove the importance of K9 military service.
Today there are about 2,500 dogs serving in the American Armed Forces around the world. From the front lines to protecting the President we depend on our K9 Soldiers to help keep us safe. I believe these heroic K9 soldiers are veterans and are worthy of remembering alongside their handlers. The great men and women and their families who have sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy should be honored and remembered this Memorial Day.
Please join us this Memorial Day as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedoms and the privilege to celebrate their honor.
For tips on calming your dog’s fear of fireworks, visit Hobo the Wonder Dogs blog post July 2015 at www.hobothewonderdog.com.
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